Nelson Highland Pipe Band’s Jeremy Burton. Photo: Lucy Jackson.

All things Scottish at Fairfield

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The sound of bagpipes and the smell of haggis will be in the air this Sunday as the ‘Pipes in the Park’ event brings a Scottish flavour to the Fairfield Park meadow.

The outdoor summer concert is being put on by the Nelson Highland Pipe Band and is an opportunity for the public to see what the band has been rehearsing as well as hear some traditional tunes.

Event organiser and band secretary Lucy Jackson says there will also be solo and duet performances from different members, include a drumming solo.

“We have other guest performers too, including the Kahurangi Irish Dance School, Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson, and the Single Malt Barbershop Quartet. All will be in a very Celtic flavour.”

There will also be traditional haggis and desserts to try and other food, wine and beer also for sale.

“It is a casual event with lots of space to sit on the ground with a low chair or blanket, enjoy some traditional Scottish music and food and soak up the Nelson sunshine,” says Lucy.

The band has around 25 members, ranging in ages from seven right through to 80, and the concert is a fundraiser to help them get to Christchurch and Dunedin in March for national and provincial competitions.

Lucy says they always welcome new members and offer tuition in all levels of the band – just come along to the event to find out more.

Pipes in the Park is on this Sunday, January 27, from 4 – 6pm. Entry is $10. Kids free. This is a cash only event.